Big plays doom Abington Heights in loss to North Pocono


By Robert Tomkavage - rtomkavage@timesleader.com



Abington Heights running back Rheyse Green looks for running room against North Pocono during a Lackawanna Football Conference game on Friday in Moscow.


Stephanie Walkowski photos | For Abington Journal

Abington Heights wide receiver Brandon Hardy tries to allude North Pocono’s Matt Kelly during a Lackawanna Football Conference Division 1 game on Friday in Moscow.


Stephanie Walkowski photos | For Abington Journal

MOSCOW — North Pocono head coach Greg Dolhon stresses the importance of making plays to his team on a weekly basis.

The Trojans followed through on his message Friday night.

Freshman quarterback Donny Blaine connected with his brother Tim, a senior, for two long touchdowns during North Pocono’s 20-7 win over Abington Heights in a Lackawanna Football Conference Division 1 game at Trojans Stadium on Senior Night.

North Pocono (4-5, 1-5) took an early lead when Tim Blaine broke through the middle of the Abington Heights secondary and caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Donny Blaine, two plays after the Trojans defense stopped Comets quarterback Jordan Hollander short on a fourth down run.

Donny Blaine was thankful to play a big role in helping the team get the win and snap a five-game losing streak.

“The seniors have been around since coach Dolhon came here, rebuilding the program,” he said. “They fought through a lot and it’s very meaningful to get the win for them.”

J.P. Walsh’s extra point gave the Trojans a 7-0 lead with 8:37 left in the first quarter.

The Blaine brothers hooked up again when Donny found Tim streaking down the sideline for a 63-yard touchdown with 6:08 remaining in the second quarter. Walsh converted the extra point to give the Trojans a 14-point advantage.

“We played with great effort and intensity, and we made big plays both offensively and defensively,” Dolhon said. “I’m so happy for the kids and seniors.”

Abington Heights advanced the ball to the North Pocono 17-yard line, but Trojans defensive back Michael Kowalski intercepted a pass from Hollander in the end zone with 3:53 left in the first half to end the scoring threat.

Abington Heights (4-5, 2-4) finished the game with four turnovers, including three in the second half.

“We made some mistakes that were hard for us to overcome,” Abington Heights head coach Joe Repshis said. “Our effort is there; we just need to continue working on fixing mistakes and improving.”

The Trojans defense came up big again when Tim Blaine returned a Hollander interception 71 yards to the Comets’ 1-yard line. Fullback Tyler Musgrave plowed into the end zone on the next play to give North Pocono a 20-0 lead with 1:55 left in the third quarter.

“When plays have to be made, we have to be the team that makes them because that’s the team that wins games,” Dolhon said.

Abington Heights scored its first points of the game when Nick Emmett connected with Matthan Sherman for an 11-yard touchdown with 10:15 remaining in the third quarter. Colin McCreary converted the extra point attempt.

After moving to wide receiver, Hollander made two catches for 33 yards in the fourth quarter.

Abington Heights will host Scranton in a Lackawanna Football Conference Division 1 game at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Abington Heights running back Rheyse Green looks for running room against North Pocono during a Lackawanna Football Conference game on Friday in Moscow.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_ABJ-AH-Football-Green.jpgAbington Heights running back Rheyse Green looks for running room against North Pocono during a Lackawanna Football Conference game on Friday in Moscow. Stephanie Walkowski photos | For Abington Journal

Abington Heights wide receiver Brandon Hardy tries to allude North Pocono’s Matt Kelly during a Lackawanna Football Conference Division 1 game on Friday in Moscow.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_ABJ-AH-Football-Hardy.jpgAbington Heights wide receiver Brandon Hardy tries to allude North Pocono’s Matt Kelly during a Lackawanna Football Conference Division 1 game on Friday in Moscow. Stephanie Walkowski photos | For Abington Journal

By Robert Tomkavage

rtomkavage@timesleader.com

Reach Robert Tomkavage at 570-704-3941 or on Twitter @rtomkavage.

Reach Robert Tomkavage at 570-704-3941 or on Twitter @rtomkavage.

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